GT Gem – 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS

4.9 coupeWithout doubt, the Maserati Ghibli was one of the great GT cars of the 1960s. Its low, sleek bodywork by Giugiaro (then at Ghia) alone made it an instant classic at its introduction in 1967, and its dry-sump, quad-cam, 4.7-liter V-8 coupled to a ZF 5-speed gave it exquisite performance to match with zero to sixty coming in under seven seconds and a top speed of over 150 miles per hour. Unfortunately for Maserati, though, the Ghibli was a bit overshadowed by the Ferrari Daytona and mid-engined Lamborghini Miura. Maserati did catch up with the 4.9-liter Ghibli SS, but the car has still always played third string to the Ferrari and the Lambo on the desirability scale. This is a shame, but it just means that Ghiblis make comparative bargains, offering top-shelf ’60s Italian thoroughbred performance for significantly less money than the other choices.

This particular Ghibli out of Houston, for example, won’t bring Ferrari money but it will likely command a premium as it is a genuine, documented SS. In addition to the 335 horsepower 4.9, the SS also came with power windows, air conditioning and other luxuries to make it a more usable machine, and this car is represented as matching numbers and with only 40,000 actual miles. Although it came originally in dark blue over tan leather, it now sports an older cosmetic refurbishing with maroon paint over maroon cloth for some reason. The engine bay and undercarriage look clean but original, and overall it looks like a solid driver-quality example.

With only just over 1,000 Ghiblis of any kind built (not counting the 1990s resurrection or the unfortunate Buick look-alike that Maserati introduced last year), they’re not a common sight at any sales venue and as they’ve gained more respect among collectors, their values have risen sharply over the last couple of years. Maserati turns 100 in 2014, so what better way to celebrate than with a clean, usable example of one of their best road-going automobiles?

Check out the 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $136,100.

Comments

  1. Keith Mordoff says:

    Such pretty cars. One of my favorites. Not sure I would want the mechanical headaches though.

  2. Mike Kerns says:

    Mine has been in the shop for 6 months now..
    I did just drive it for the 1st time this week and the love affair and magic is all still there..
    I must be sick…

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